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Last change: 15.11.2019 09:58

These are the rules for the Hearthstone Tavern Brawl #5 Europe. We make every effort to ensure the rules are complete and up to date but this may not always be the case. You should also check the Info Page and News for additions, exceptions and modifications that may apply. The rules are a guideline and the decisions by admins may differ from them depending on the circumstances. If you have any questions about the rules, please write a support ticket.

1. Match Media

All match media (screenshots, demos, etc) must be kept for at least 14 days. In general, you should upload the match media from a match to the match page as soon as possible. Faking or manipulating match media is of course forbidden and will result in severe penalties. Match media should be named clearly based on what it is. It is not possible to file a protest or write a support ticket to complain about bad match media naming. However, if an admin is hindered in his work because of bad match media names, penalty points can be assigned.

1.1. Screenshots

Missing Screenshots in the ESL can lead into penalty points and match delete.

2. Match rules

2.1. Regions restrictions

There is no region restriction. You can play in all tournaments.

2.2. Game modes

2.2.1. Go4Hearthstone Cups (EU)

This cup will played in Standard Format! You aren't allowed to use Wild decks!

Tournament Format: Single-Elimination
Match Format: Conquest with 1 ban
Match Modus: Best of 5
1st Ban & Pick: Higher seed picks / bans first
BattleTag™: Each player is responsible for the proper entry of game account


  • Each player can have up to 9 decks, but only one for each class. Having two decks for one character is unacceptable and punishable by a losing one game.
  • Before the Game starts, both players choose their different heroes one by one then ban one of them. They can do it in the matchchat or matchcomments or you can use the following website!
  • Player must win one game with each of his three decks in a best of five to win the match. When a player wins a game, the deck used by the winning player cannot be used for the remainder of the match
  • The losing player can keep the same deck or switch to a different one.
  • Player with the higher seed (for example 1 seed is higher than 23) picks first, he also has the right to ban the opponent deck first.
  • Both players are obliged to do a screenshot in challenge mode.
  • The player who chooses illegal hero (banned) loses one game.
  • The player who leave challenge mode loses one game.

Match results

Both players are obliged to confirm the correct result of the game at the end of the match and attach screenshots confirming the result.

Drops & Disconnects:
  • Every Player is responsible for their own internet connection.
  • Disconnecting during a game will result in a game loss for the player who has the disconnect. Opponents have to upload a screenshot of their opponent disconnecting to the match/ protestticket.
  • Leaving a challenge once a match has been played will result in a loss for the player who left the challenge!
  • Bugs: Clientbugs count as a disconnect for the player who has the bug!
  • From now on every player has to send a screenshot of their deck selection screen to their opponent! Here are two examples of what IS okay! Example #1 and Example #2
  • Here is an example of a deck selection which IS NOT okay!
Players who don't want to send screenshots of their deck selection screens to their opponents will be punished with a disqualification from the tournament!

Players who have multiple heroes in their deck selection screen will be punished with a 1-0 lead for their opponent

2.3. No show

If your opponent is not present 15 minutes after the matchdate, you have to write that in the matchcomments and contact an admin in the cupchat. This is the fastest way to get your match checked, as the admins can not check all matches of a tournament manually.

2.4. Match Breakup

Every player is responsible of his internet connection and hardware-software environment. Leaving a server on purpose is not allowed and leads to a round loss.

2.5. Spectators

Spectators in the Lobby are allowed only if both players agree. Exception to this rule are the ESL tournament admins and people that are explicitly allowed to spectate by a tournament admin (e.g. shout casters or streamers). It can't be refused to invite an official ESL caster ( e.g. ESL TV ), if an ESL tournament admin asks you for an invite.

Players should only allow spectators in a Lobby they trust. It is not allowed to protest after a match is played to complain about spectators that were allowed in the game.

2.5.1. Casting

Casting an ESL match is only allowed with an ESL admin agreement. To get an agreement please write a Support ticket.

2.5.2. Personal Streaming

Personal Streaming is always allowed if ESL TV is not casting a match. If ESL TV is casting a match, personal streaming not allowed without an admin agreement. Personal Streaming of a match shown by ESL TV, without permission from am ESL admin, can lead into a disqualification of the team or ban of the streaming player in the tournament.

3. Penalty Point Catalogue

In general, a player and the team can receive up to 6 penalty points per match, unless a single violation has a higher punishment. A team is only punished once per violation, regardless of how many players. Where a player or team receives penalty points for multiple violations, the penalty points are added together.

Rule violation Number of penalty points
No show1 Team: 3; Player: 2
Reject compulsory challenge Normal: 1
Intense (top 10): 2
Abort match Player / Team: 2
Use of ineligible player
Inactive barrage Player / Team: 3
Barraged Player / Team: 6
Unregistered player Player / Team: 3
Missing Premium (where required) Player / Team: 3
Missing Trusted (where required) Player / Team: 3
Ringer/Faker Player / Team: 6
Playing with wrong gameaccount Player / Team: 3
Playing without a registered gameaccount Player / Team: 3
Unsportsmanlike behaviour
Multiple/Fake accounts Warning / 1-4 penalty points
Deception Player / Team: 1 - 4
Fake result Player / Team: 4
Fake match media Player / Team: 6
Fake match Player / Team: 6
Cheating Player: 12 / Team: 6
1In cup and league matches default wins are given instead of a match deletion and penalty points.

Matches get only deleted if the team/player violating the rules won the match.